Tamar Valley is perfectly central for exploring the north and south coats of Cornwall and Dartmoor. Cosy accommodation and would recommend to others looking for a dog friendly holiday.
Beautiful location and well kept accommodation in a very friendly and quiet area. A true hidden gem! Would definitely recommend!
If you want total peace and quiet by day and darkness and quiet by night you could not find anywhere better. The views are amazing, the cottage is compact and bijou but has everything you need. You will be so relaxed and chilled you may never want to go home! It has done both of us a world of good to do almost nothing for a week in the midst of a busy a busy life style. I cannot imagine not coming back in the future. C.
When I was asked where I would like to celebrate my 50th birthday there was no competition!! I've been going to Okel Tor on and off for around 17 years although this was my first time in the Smithy. The area is beautiful and peaceful. Every season takes your breath away, be it the wildlife on your doorstep, the cacophony of colour in Autumn or just the relaxing atmosphere of the place. It's a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside and only a short 30 minutes to the coast. Calstock itself is only a 10 minute walk away with two good pubs serving excellent food. The village shop has recently closed but there are supermarkets in Callington and Tavistock, and a couple of convenience stores in Gunnislake, plus Tavistock has some great outlets for local produce. The Smithy itself is clean, plenty of room and has very good amenities. There's a very comfortable bed sofa in the living area, which we used on a couple of evenings when we wanted to laze and watch TV. Views across the Tamar valley are breathtaking and my favourite part of the day here has always been to have breakfast on the porch. The two things I would recommend you do when you go here are (1) when you've arrived and unpacked just stop and listen ... The silence is amazing; and (2) if you get a cloud free night look at the stars. Can't wait to go back!!
The cottage had all that we needed, including log-burning stove to brighten a rainy evening. It was comfortable and clean. Nick (the owner) was friendly and helpful. The cottage is on the site of an old mine, with lovely woodland walks along the river Tamar and an interesting history. There was peace and quiet with a postcard view over the river and wooded valley. And the surrounding area in Cornwall (fabulous coastal walks) and Devon (dartmoor especially) is easily accessible and great for those holidaying with dogs. But be prepared for rain. And for heavy traffic to get in and out of South-West England.
Our stay in the Smithy at Okel Tor was excellent in all respects.
It's something to which we look forward to doing again. Many thanks.
The Smithy is set in a quiet, wooded area with fabulous views. Situated near the river Tamar with great walks, one along the river into the village of Calstock where there are two pubs, both serving excellent food. Also a wonderful ice cream parlour, Valenties. Unfortunately, the village shop had closed, but there is a shop near the petrol station in Gunnislake, a 5 min drive away, which stocks everything you need.
The Smithy is well stocked and very comfortable. The verandah was ideal for drying off the dog after his dips in the river and also for sitting out in the evening.